Support for businesses

Additional Restrictions Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant

The government recognises that some businesses that required to close because of COVID-19 do not directly pay business rates and therefore won’t be covered by the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) scheme and that others will not have been forced to close but will be significantly financially impacted.

Local authorities have therefore each been allocated an Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which will cover businesses not covered by LRSG. Funding can cover one or more of the following areas:

  • direct grants to business
  • business support e.g. advice and guidance for businesses, and skills training to support their ability to trade in changed circumstances.

A total of £10.1m of ARG has been given to the Council to cover the period up until March 2022. This is a single lump sum and the Council will receive no further amount.   

In order to accommodate future lockdown measures, the Additional Restrictions Grant will be distributed in phases. Please see below details on the different phases (criteria may change at the time of launch). 

Phase 1

 

*Grant application now open

Phase 1 has reopened for businesses which missed the deadline of 28 February.

It now supports any non-essential businesses which was trading before 1 April 2021, which does not directly pay business rates and were affected by the early closing restrictions of 17 October-4 November, the national lockdown 5 November-2 December 2020, Tier 4 restrictions 20 December 2020-4 January 2021 and the national lockdown 5 January-12 April 2021.

Commercial businesses

More information on Phase 1 for commercial businesses.

 

Home-based businesses

It has also been extended to support home-based businesses. Please check eligibility and apply here.

Phase 2

*Grant application now open

Suppliers to businesses which were required to close and/or which had reduced trade during 5 November-2 December 2020 lockdown; Tier 4 restrictions 20 December 2020-4 January 2021; national lockdown 5 January-12 April 2021. Priority will be given to businesses which are able to demonstrate that more than 50% of their trade involves supplying other businesses.

Commercial businesses

More information on Phase 2 for commercial businesses

 

Home-based businesses

Phase 2 has also been extended to support home-based businesses. Please check eligibility and apply here.

Phase 3

Businesses which may be forced to close during future lockdowns and which are eligible to apply for grants in Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 4

*Grant application now open

Open and Excluded commercial businesses

This phase of the Additional Restrictions Grant will support Newham-based businesses operating in a range of sectors, including independent essential retailers and creative sectors, which were able to remain open but experienced a significant reduction in income and trade due to reduced footfall.

More information on Phase 4 (Open and Excluded commercial businesses) 

Community Wealth Building Pledge grant

Community Wealth Building Pledge grant is designed to support businesses, organisations and charities recover and re-orientate following the Covid-19 pandemic.  These grants are specifically available to help businesses, organisations and charities advance Newham’s Community Wealth Building and Covid Recovery approach.

More information on Community Wealth Building Pledge grant